How to Enable Adobe Flash Player in Mac Chrome?

Safari is the default browser on Mac. Over period of time it will load very slow and ultimately most of us will end up in using Google Chrome. You will never turn back to Safari, once started using Chrome. By default Chrome has a Adobe Flash Player plugin but it will ask you before loading the pages with Flash player.

In this article we will explain, how to enable Adobe Flash player in Mac Chrome and other options to control the behavior.

  1. Default Chrome behavior – ask first
  2. Possibility of enabling Flash on all sites
  3. Flash option in Chrome to allow or block specific sites

1. Default Behavior of Chrome – Ask to Enable Flash for Specific Site

When a page with Flash content is loaded, Chrome will show the “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player” message with a puzzle piece like below. This is because the default settings for Flash content is to ask for permission before run.

Click to Enable Flash in Chrome
Click to Enable Flash in Chrome

You can just click on the message and then click “Allow” button (on some cases, you may directly see a popup message to allow or block running Flash).

Allow Flash in Chrome for Specific Site
Allow Flash in Chrome for Specific Site

This will enable Flash player only on that particular site. When you allow the site to run Flash content, Chrome will automatically add the site in the exception list in the settings. From next time onwards, the site will load the Flash content without asking permission.

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2. Enabling to Run Flash by Default – Removed on Latest Chrome

Remember Flash is basically a multimedia platform to play videos and games online. Since Flash players has lot of security vulnerabilities, HTML5 is used in all modern websites instead of Flash. Also running Flash content will drain the battery life of your Mac. Considering all these facts, Apple does not offer Flash player for Safari.

But Chrome comes with already installed Flash player and asks your permission before running. Earlier Chrome had a “Allow sites to run Flash” option, which is removed in latest Mac Chrome version. So there are no ways to enable Flash on Chrome on all the sites by default. This is a clear indication that the “Flash” section will be removed soon from the Chrome to encourage sites to use HTML5.

Chrome Flash Settings in Old Version
Chrome Flash Settings in Old Version

3. Allow or Block Flash for Specific Sites

Now the latest Chrome version has only options to allow or block Flash on specific site. Open the command URL “chrome:settings/content” on the browser’s address bar.

Open Chrome Content Settings
Open Chrome Content Settings

Scroll down and click on the “Flash” option.

Open Flash Settings in Chrome
Open Flash Settings in Chrome

It will open up the next screen with multiple options like below. As you can see the default option is “Ask first (recommended)”, hence Chrome will ask with the message “Click to enable Adobe Flash Player”.

Flash Options in Latest Mac Chrome
Flash Options in Latest Mac Chrome

Let us check out all the options to control the Flash settings for your need.

1. Ask first –  This is the default behavior and Chrome will ask you before running Flash as explained above. It is also a recommend option by Google. Disable this to block sites from running Flash by default. When you block Flash content, Chrome will show the below message on Flash enabled sites.

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Blocking Adobe Flash Player
Blocking Adobe Flash Player

2. Block – add URLs of the sites you want to block Flash content. Use this option when “Ask first” is enabled.

3. Allow – add URLs of the sites you want to allow Flash content. Click on the “Add” button against “Allow” option and enter the trusted site’s URL. Use this option when “Ask first” is disabled.

Allow Specific Site to Run Flash
Allow Specific Site to Run Flash

Summary

Below table shows the summary of using Flash options in Google Chrome on Mac. You can choose the suitable combination for your need.

Ask firstBlockAllow
Completely Block FlashDisable
Completely Enable FlashNA NA NA
Ask Before Running on All SitesEnable
Block on Specific Sites and Ask on All Other SitesEnableEnable
Allow Only on Specific Sites and Block on All Other Sites DisableEnable

We have just marked the completely enable flash option as “NA (Not Applicable)” which essentially means you can’t do this.

Adobe announced the end of Flash support by 2020 and the browsers like Chrome will stop Flash support with similar timeline.

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